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HEALTH CONSULTATION

FORMER RALLY'S RESTAURANT AND BRIARCLIFF STATION
ATLANTA, DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA


CONCLUSIONS

After review of the current information available for these sites, GDHR has concluded that the Former Rally's Restaurant and Briarcliff Station sites pose no apparent public health hazard (ATSDR Public Health Hazard Category D [6]).

The conclusions and recommendations are situation-specific and should not be considered applicable to any other situations.

  1. Based on the results of a Contamination Assessment and a review of current and proposed UST Program regulations by Professional Service Industries, Inc., remediation at these sites is not required by the UST Program.
  2. Tetrachloroethene, a dry cleaning solvent, appears to have been released into the water valve boxes located on the outside wall of the dry cleaner. Vapor, soil, and groundwater samples indicate the presence of elevated levels of tetrachloroethene directly surrounding and under these valve boxes only.
  3. Although soil is contaminated in a localized area near the dry cleaner valve boxes, exposure to contaminated soil is most likely sporadic and of short duration, and people are not likely to come into contact with the contamination at a level that would be expected to cause adverse health effects.
  4. The potential health effects from ingestion of soil or soil dust containing the contaminants of concern are not known. Regulatory levels and evidence for health outcomes will remain extremely limited because these chemicals are rarely found in soil except in spill or illegal disposal incidences.
  5. As a HSI Class II site, further investigation into current soil and groundwater conditions shall be conducted to determine the need for corrective action even though further investigation is not required under the UST Program.
  6. Lead, solvents, and petroleum products were found in groundwater monitoring wells on the former Rally's Restaurant site and on the site of a former automotive service business. The leading downgradient edge of the plume appears to be in the vicinity of the School Board property 250 feet south.
  7. No public or private drinking water wells are within 3 miles of these sites; therefore, there is no opportunity for human exposure to contaminated groundwater.
  8. The results of the Contamination Assessment and a review of the rules for UST management indicate that remediation of the sites would not be required under the UST Program.
  9. Unlabeled drums with unknown contents are present on the property. We have recommended that the drums be removed.

CHILD HEALTH INITIATIVE

ATSDR's Child Health Initiative recognizes that the unique vulnerabilities of infants and children demand special emphasis in communities faced with contamination of their water, soil, air, or food. Children are at a greater risk than adults from certain kinds of exposures to hazardous substances emitted from waste sites and emergency events. They are more likely to be exposed because they play outdoors and they often bring food into contaminated areas. They are more likely to come into contact with dust, soil, and heavy vapors close to the ground. Also, they receive higher doses of chemical exposure due to lower body weights. The developing body systems of children can sustain permanent damage if toxic exposures occur during critical growth stages. Children are not expected to be exposed to any contaminants at the sites at levels that would cause adverse health effects.


RECOMMENDATIONS

The interpretation, advice, and recommendations presented in this health consultation are based on the data and information referenced and discussion with state environmental officials. Additional data could alter the recommendations. As additional data become available, we will review them and will respond to additional requests received.

  1. Conduct further evaluation of this site pursuant to the conditions of the Compliance Status Report in an effort to assess the nature and extent of contamination in soil and groundwater as planned.
  2. Provide health education materials to the owners/operators of the dry cleaning facility. GDHR will provide the materials.
  3. Remove the unlabeled drums.

PREPARER OF REPORT

Jane Perry-Britt
GDHR


REFERENCES

  1. Professional Service Industries, Inc., Contamination assessment, 11/94.

  2. Professional Service Industries, Inc., Phase II environmental site assessment, 5/6/94.

  3. Letter to C & A Properties, Inc. from Professional Services Industries, Inc., 11/16/94.

  4. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Toxicological profile for tetrachloroethylene (update), 9/97.

  5. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Soil comparison values, expires 3/31/98.

  6. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Public health assessment guidance manual, 1992.

  7. Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Hazardous site inventory, July, 1997.

CERTIFICATION

This Rally's Restaurant and Briarcliff Station Health Consultation was prepared by the Georgia Department of Human Resources under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). It is in accordance with approved methodology and procedures existing at the time the public health assessment was begun.

Gail D. Godfrey
Technical Project Officer, SPS, RPB, DHAC

The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, ATSDR, has reviewed this public health consultation and concurs with the findings.

Richard Gillig
Chief, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR



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